Clinical Research

Clinical Research AT ECS

Clinical Research Eye Care SpecialistsThe Clinical Research Center at Eye Care Specialists is a fully integrated dynamic arm of the largest ophthalmic and optometric practice in Northeast Pennsylvania. Our Mission is to advance the state of the art clinical eye care by participating in clinical trials that explore new avenues of therapy and stretch the boundaries of what is possible for the treatment of eye disease.

The Clinical Research Center at Eye Care Specialists…because there’s so much to see.

Why Should I Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are fundamental to the advancement of medical science. They explore new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease, and ultimately to improve the quality of life. You may decide to participate in a clinical trial for any of a number of reasons. Some volunteers participate in understanding that it is only through their involvement that medical science can be moved forward. Others hope to benefit from a new treatment or procedure that is still under study. Fundamentally, clinical trials move medical care into the future!

What are clinical trial phases?

Clinical Research Trials are used to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medications or medical devices by monitoring their effects on groups of patients. They are conducted in a series of steps called phases. Each phase is designed to answer separate research questions.

  • Phase I: Researchers test a new drug or treatment in a small group of people for the first time to evaluate its safety and identify side effects.
  • Phase II: The drug or treatment is given to a larger group of people to see if it is effective and to further evaluate its safety.
  • Phase III: The drug or treatment is given to large groups of people to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, and compare it to commonly used treatments.
  • Phase IV: Studies are done after the drug or treatment has been marketed to gather information on the drug’s effect in various populations and any side effects associated with long-term use.

Eye Care Specialists Research Team

Joshua Hedaya, M.D.

Dr. Hedaya’s research interests include new treatments for retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and retinal vein occlusion.

Erik Kruger, M.D.

Dr. Kruger’s research interests include new treatments for retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and retinal vein occlusion. Dr. Kruger has been the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials, many of which have resulted in new therapies. He has been involved in clinical research for over 15 years.

Daniel Lutz, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Lutz is a sub-investigator on several studies. His research interests include medical and surgical glaucoma treatment.

Harvey Reiser, M.D.

Dr. Reiser’s research interests include cataract and refractive surgery and innovative glaucoma therapies. He has been the principal investigator on numerous studies and has published many research articles in medical journals. He has been a speaker at ASCRS (American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons) conferences.

Richard Roth, D.O.

Dr. Roth’s research interests include eyelid and facial plastic surgery. He also participates in cataract and refractive and dry eye studies. He has been both a principal investigator as well as a sub-investigator on numerous clinical trials.

Donald J. Savage, M.D.

Dr. Savage’s research interests include new treatments for retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and retinal vein occlusion. Dr. Savage has been a sub-investigator on numerous clinical trials, many of which have resulted in new therapies. He has been involved in clinical research for over 15 years.

Carrie Cardillo, O.D.

Dr. Cardillo is a sub-investigator on numerous studies, including research on dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and refractive outcomes. She has been involved in clinical research for 10 years.

Patti Myers, C.O.T.

Patti is our anterior segment Clinical Research Manager. She has been employed at Eye Care Specialists for 15 years. She has vast research experience and has been a study coordinator for over 25 years. Patti’s contact number is 570-714-5910

Patty Yuhas, C.O.A.

Patty is our posterior segment Clinical Research Manager. She has been employed at Eye Care Specialists for 19 years. She has extensive research experience and has been a study coordinator for over 10 years. Patty’s contact number is 570-714-5901.

Christen Hogan, C.O.A.

Christen is a research technician and joined the research team in 2010. Prior to joining the Research Department, Christen was a clinical technician with Eye Care Specialists.

Leeann Weaver, C.O.A.

Leeann is our newest research technician, joining the research department in 2017. Leeann has been employed at Eye Care Specialists as a clinical and surgical technician for over 20 years.

The Research Team at Eye Care Specialists can be reached by:

Calling: (570) 714-5910
Emailing: research@icarespecialists.com

Actively Enrolling Clinical Studies

If you would like more information about one of our studies, please email the study-specific coordinator listed below.

Kingfisher: Diabetic Macular Edema

A 12-Month, 2-Arm, Randomized, Double-Masked, Multicenter Phase ill Study Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Brolucizumab every 4 weeks versus Aflibercept every 4 weeks in Adult Patients with Visual Impairment due to Diabetic Macular Edema (KINGFISHER).

Contact: Patty Yuhas
research@icarespecialists.com

Candela VGFTe (HD)-AMD-1905

A randomized, single-masked, active-controlled Phase 2 study of the safety, tolerability and efficacy of repeated doses of high-dose Aflibercept in patients with neovascular age-related Macular Degeneration.

Contact: Patty Yuhas
research@icarespecialists.com

Travoprost Intraocular Implant Clinical Study

If you’ve been told by your doctor that you have glaucoma or high eye pressure, you may be able to participate in a clinical study of the Travoprost Intraocular Implant.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Meet all other study-related criteria

Participants receive:

  • Thorough screening evaluation of your eye health
  • Follow-up visits for up to three years
  • Reimbursement for costs related to time and travel

How can you participate?
An intraocular implant containing a slowly releasing travoprost medication will be placed in your eye through a tiny opening in the cornea.

Ask your eye doctor if you are a candidate for the Travoprost Intraocular Implant clinical study.

To learn more about the Travoprost Intraocular Implant clinical study visit www.GlaukosClinicalTrials.com

Caution: New Drug—Limited by Federal (or United States) law to investigational use.

Contact: Patti Myers
Eye Care Specialists
570-714-5910
research@icarespecialists.com

For more information, or if you are interested in being a participant, please contact Patti Myers at research@icarespecialists.com